Friday, January 16, 2015

Achy Breaky Hand, The Return of The Fruitcake, Marlboro Man Gone and Presidential Oops! It's Ten Things Of Thankful!

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Did you ever unknowingly injure your hand?

My left hand, more specifically the small and ring fingers and the muscles in the palm underneath, have ached and ached for days.  

And, for the perverted minded,
I'm right handed 

This makes typing difficult.  Not only is there pain to deal with (okay, okay, nothing like giving birth, I'm sure, but still it aches with any movement) but the fingers already mentioned (if you were reading instead of skimming you'd know the two I'm talking about) are extremely stiff.  

And, for the perverted minded, 
the fingers are all that's stiff.

I'm lucky that only my hand hurts.  I could be a politician and have to worry about my nose growing every time I opened my mouth.  What do you think the odds are that most of them have a nose job done fairly regularly because of that.  I'm guessing that's why none attended the anti terrorist peace rally in Paris last weekend.  They couldn't fit in the seating area of the plane without sticking their noses in the aisle and goosing the flight attendant every time he walked by.

And, for the perverted minded,
 I don't goosestep like the German Army.

I've heard of people making wild and passionate love for hours and hours.  (Actually, I used to hear them do that when I stayed in hotels fairly often.  Strange but True!)  The moans and the groans were not moans and groans of pain, but instead, moans and groans of knowing their spouses were somewhere else and they could enjoy sex without having to get up and take out the garbage afterwards.    

And, for the perverted minded, 
I haven't moaned or groaned in years. 

 (Damn it!!)

My grandmother used to tell me that she was always faithful to my grandfather until he died, and then she slept with two men every night, Art H. Ritus  and Ben Gay.  (I found out later that she was lying to me as that was a joke she'd stolen from a Reader's Digest Condensed Book of old.  I think it was the same one that asked, "How do you catch a unique bird?" Ans:  "U nique up on it!" )  

However, my grandmother used to moan and groan every time she either sat, or got up from her special rocking chair.  I think it was because she'd sit in the chair for hours rocking, remembering the days when her and my grandfather used to moan and groan in hotel rooms.  Over the years, the memories had turned to hemorrhoids and became a real pain in the ass.  As my grandmother was not a small woman, neither was the size of her ass, or her hemorrhoids (I can only imagine), and neither was the pain they provided.  I know my grandmother was never a flight attendant, but I'm not sure about her ass's relationship with politicians and their magical growing noses.    

And, for the perverted minded, 
how dare you envision my grandmother's ass!  

Man, would you believe my left hand still hurts?

I might have injured it while attempting to pick up a box that had been delivered by a UPS driver today.  His note said:  

"We have weight restrictions.  The next time you decide to 
have Stonehenge moved from England to Kentucky, hire FedEx."

I rediscovered the pain in my hand trying to pick up the box.  After enlisting my neighbor's construction crane, we managed to lift the box upon a four wheeled cart, roll it into my kitchen, spend three hours cutting through the twenty-five rolls of tape it was wrapped in, and finally was able to see what was inside.

I'm on my way to a Kentucky Stonehenge!!!!!


I couldn't believe it!  After talking about how much I loved fruitcake in last week's post, one of my most faithful readers, Zoe, took the time and went to the expense not only to make it for me, but to also send it to me.  Damn, postage alone had to be over $100 just because of how heavy it is!  And, good ... oh my god, it is fantastic!  Thank you so much, Zoe!  My taste buds thank you, I thank you, and my diabetes ... well, two out of three isn't bad, is it?  

Okay, so besides my achy hand and Zoe's phenomenal treat, 
this week I'm thankful for:

1)  Presidential Oops!   As I wrote about earlier this week (in a post that almost no one saw) the United States was negligent in sending any leader to the Paris March against terrorism.  It wasn't that the President or Vice President were busy.  In fact, their agendas were empty for the weekend.  No, they just blew it!  Or, perhaps, they just blew it off!

Over forty leaders from world countries participated in an effort to show
Only 50 cents for Freedom Fries!
They're for people who can't spell
unity against the destruction and lack of human compassion terrorism displays.  In the wake of the Paris terrorist actions of last week, it would have shown great class to have been a part of the scene.  However, in constantly lacking any type of class, our government leaders decided to sit at home, rest their asses in easy chairs, and watch football playoffs.

To make matters worse, no apology has been, or will be issued.  In fact, John Kerry is now heading to Paris to give them what he thinks they really need, "a big hug."  

(I think I'd tell him what he could do with that big hug if I were a leader of France.  I also believe that I'd invite him to a state dinner, put a plate of French Fries down in front of him, and ask him how the damn "Freedom Fries" were tasting.  Then, as a climax, take him a covered dish, remove the lid, and display a cooked crow, just in case he was ready to eat some.  Dumb Ass Politicians!)

85 Years Old Sounds Pretty
Damn Good To Me!
2)  Darrell Hugh Winfield Dies at age 85.   Darrell Hugh Winfield, better known as "The Marlboro Man" died this week at the ripe old age of 85.  Darrell was the face of Marlboro cigarettes from the late 60's to the late 80's, making the smoking of filtered cigarettes acceptable to men.

As I sit here, smoking my Marlboro Special Blend Light 100, I can only remember my aunt and uncle, both of which died after giving up cigarettes.  I don't know if active smoking keeps the body producing cancer fighting corpuscles or not, but after seeing those relatives suffer, I'm willing to give it a try and continue to smoke.  Besides, as long as you're coughing, you're alive!

3)  Young Doctors.  I don't know if anyone else has had their long time doctor retire on them or not, but it's not a happy occasion.  A doctor knows you personally, works with you hand in hand to ensure you get better, and provides some small talk to make the experience somewhat more pleasurable.

Take two bottles of formula
and call me in the morning!
I went to my new "young" doctor this week.  Damn, what a wake up call!

First, I go to female doctors.  No, it's not because I'm trying to sway them with my untouchable intelligence or James Bond good looks.  In fact, if that was what I had to depend on I'd be in trouble.  No, I go to female doctors to keep their fingers out of my butt!

I don't know what it is about male doctors, but every time I visited one, they wanted to give me a prostate exam.  I even went to a specialist two weeks after having a prostate exam for a completely unrelated matter, and he damn near forced me into allowing him rear access.  Either I've got and exceptionally cute butt to male doctors, or they're all in cahoots to cash in big by charging the insurance companies for something that should be kept to prison systems and San Francisco residents!

Anyway, my new doctor is a young female ... I think.  Actually, she's more like a damn robot.  Question ... answer ... question ... answer ... no small talk, no bedside manner, no nothing!  She either thinks she's a god of some type being a doctor, or she hates men!  Either way, she won't be getting any more of my business.  If you're going to collect big bucks from me, you'd at least better communicate in a friendly manner and keep your steel bedpan personality to yourself!  Bitch!

If you think our Pizza is loaded,
wait until you check out
our employees pistols!
4)  Papa John's To Stand By Employee.  In a rare move, Papa John's is showing that it is a company with the balls to stand up to all the cry babies and keep an employee employed.

A delivery driver, who was being robbed at gunpoint, pulled out a pistol and shot one of her robbers in the face.  He was later found and arrested.  The other robber stole her car while this was taking place.

Even though she was breaking the rules of the company by carrying a firearm, Papa John's management says they are not going to fire her as the safety of their employees comes first.  In fact, they're going to re-assign her to a position inside their store, instead of doing deliveries.  In addition, they're going to get her counseling to help her deal with the event.

It's nice to see a company stand tall against crooked lawyers and thieves and look at their employees as valuable assets for a change!

In a related story, another Papa John's driver was held up 
this week in St. Louis.  The robber made off in a white truck.  Anyone seeing a person in a white truck resembling 
Al Sharpton is advised to call the authorities.

5)  Pope Francis Says There Are Limits.  Freedom of speech has been the question after the attack at the French magazine offices last week.  Can you make fun of the God of others and not expect them to be upset?
Listen to me, I make sense!

"There are limits" says the Pope.  

To make a long story short, if you disrespect someone or something, expect those that worship it to be upset.  Now, common sense should tell you that it is never right to kill in the name of religion.  Still, use that common sense to show a little respect.

(Damn, here is a Pope, a man of God, telling people to use a little common sense.  I think he and God need to get a little more into this discussion.  In fact, I'd love to be there when God tells the Pope that in today's world, there is little to no common sense in society's actions.  Actually, a display of common sense happens about as often as someone wins the Powerball Lottery and keeps their job.  Hey, God, gotta second?")

6)  RadioShack or just Shack?   RadioShack, once an electronics giant, is getting ready to file for bankruptcy.  Competition from online marketers and major electronics warehouses has proven to be just too much for the struggling retailer.  

When we're gone, who will you have
to joke about, besides politicians,
Miley Cyrus' boobs, and
Justa Beaver?
I worked at a RadioShack for over a year while in college.  You didn't make much money there as it was more geared for managers to survive.  Still, you got to work with the latest electronics, act like a stereo expert when parents and the elderly came in to purchase an all in one unit, and you had a future in being able to get the flashing "12" off of any digital screen without sweating.  

No, I wasn't the one in the short sleeve shirt with plastic pocket protector and tie.  I wore my torn jeans, blue jean vest, and modestly decorated shirt most of the time.  My hair was on my shoulders, my mustache and goatee were showing hope of someday reaching puberty, and I was voted the one most likely to be able to find some pot for after work parties.  Life was grand.

I hate to see RadioShack go.  It holds a lot of foggy memories for me.  Still, without it, how would I have ever developed my philosophy that pot will get you through times of no money better than money would get you through times of no pot?

7)  Keith Richards Unimpressed With Justa Beaver (Oops, Justin Bieber).  71 year old Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones saw Justin Bieber during an island vacation recently.  After a few quips with each other, Justin went over to Keith and tried to communicate.  Richards looked at Beaver (Oops, Bieber) and said, "Let's get one thing straight. You're just a wannabe."

(My respect for Keith Richards has just grown tremendously.
  Obviously, all the drug usage over the years hasn't had nearly 
the affect on his brain cells as previously thought!)

8)  Cardale Jones To Return To School.  Unlike so many dumb kids these days, Cardale Jones will be returning to Ohio State next year.  Cardale, Quarterback of the National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes, won the Big Ten Title, a NCAA Playoff Game against highly ranked Alabama, and finally, won the National Championship against Oregon in his only three starts of the season.

"Finally, a kid with some common sense! How rare is that?"

Too many athletes are going to college for one year and then turning to the professional ranks these days.  Too many coaches are using ballplayers to advance their own careers, and not looking at the maturity level of the kids they promise parents they'll keep their best interests in mind.  The kids end up not being ready for the professional ranks, failing to make squads, and being cast aside like a used and dirty napkin.

Many claim the "one and done" is now a way of life.  One major university I've very familiar with has practiced this for years in their basketball program.  The coach states, "I make millionaires."  Truth is, he's a millionaire and many of the kids he's coached are now out of the pros and having to figure out how to survive.

Survive?  After a huge signing bonus?  Give an 18 or 19 year old kid a huge amount of money and watch them squander it away.  Gold chains, big cars, homes they can't afford to pay for, and partying will make a rich man poor before you know it.  And that's just what's happening to the kids.  

In fact, out of all the players this coach has sent to the pros, only six are still actively playing today.  But, the coach still has his multi million dollar contract, multi million dollar house, and multi million dollar bank account.

How many millionaires, coach?  

At least this one had more sense than the ones you've recruited.

9)  Less Tax Audits Forecast.  With Obamacare questions mounting up for taxpayers, the I.R.S. will have 1,800 less representatives available to answer questions.  Congressional budget cuts made having representatives available for answering questions a thing of the pass, as it is also forecast that less that 50% of those that call will ever reach a human being.

However, this also means there will be fewer people audited in the upcoming year.  It is estimated that less than 1% of the public will go through audits.

"Having an audit is like going to a proctologist.  The more they find the deeper they search and the more it hurts!" 
(That's my line, copyrighted, just in case you want to steal it.)

So, this year, act like the leaders of this great nation.  Lie like hell on your tax returns, plead ignorance and budget cuts created any confusion, and go buy yourself a new home!

10)  40 Year Secret.  In the back of a Los Angeles residence, a 40 year secret came to an end.  An eight foot alligator was found living there.  Unfortunately, in the box with the alligator, were the remains of two dead cats.  Investigators are asking members of the neighborhood that have lost pets over the past 40 years to step forward.

Seriously, is this really national news?  Exotics are kept in various places throughout the United States.  Keepers recognize what they have, and either keep it safe and secure, or end up as its meal.  It's really quite that simple.

I kept venomous reptiles for many years.  I bought professional cages, had procedures typed out in case I was bitten and couldn't speak, and kept them under lock and key.  When the state made it illegal to keep them (due to their own liability concerns) several things occurred.

1)  People that had them didn't always get rid of them.  Many had grown to love their pets, much as a dog or cat lover would.  This made a person that had a pet and cared for that animal responsibly a criminal.  There are far worse criminal to pursue than an animal lover.

2)  Anyone that did experience an escape would no longer notify the community for fear of imprisonment.  Previously, one would notify all to make sure safety came first.  After the law went into affect, no one would be notified, and the community (the state had stated they were protecting) became less protected than ever before.

3)  Big business won ... again!  Many of the individuals keeping these animals had facilities that were more secure than various zoological societies require.  Yet, the societies looked at them as competition.  Why would anyone pay to see animals at a big zoo where they can be mistreated behind closed gates, when they could see animals that were loved as a small zoo?  Even small zoos that had just become approved by these societies said, "Hell, even though that's how I got my start, let's keep others from being able to do the same!"  Big business again rules and the little guy loses.

4)  Horror stories hit the air.  Animal Planet and other stations started carrying shows that were produced by these societies like Fatal Attraction.  These shows were to only display the negatives of animal keeping, tainting the air for the survival of smaller facilities.  And, like the web, everything you see on television is always true.

(In a world that preaches personal freedoms, more and more restrictions are being imposed everyday by our governments.  Unless we stop this soon, you'll be told what to say, when to say it, and how to live your life by these rules.  I'll be dead by then, but many will not.  I hope you love the world society is now creating.  Remember, one day, it will be too late to learn from your mistakes.  That is, unless you're dead like I'll be, and then, it really doesn't matter much!)

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So, another week of thankful has bit the dust.

Two things, remember, our book will soon be coming out,
so save your pennies.

Another is there will be a thousand cries of compassion in 
late February.  This could be a good thing, and even though 
I'm far from what one might consider compassionate, I'm 
going to participate.  I know Lizzi has all the details, so 
get with her and visit the Facebook page to learn all about it!

Till next week,



  1. My doctor is still practicing, but my dentist is winding down. After years of my anticipatory whining about having to get used to someone new, one of my own kids finally caved and agreed to attend dental school to shut me up!

    1. Hey, May! Good of you to stop by!

      I wish I could talk one of my kids into becoming a doctor, but I'm afraid it's way too late for that. I actually have a doctor in the group that I used previously, but he's a male and practices what I discussed. Still, he's much friendlier and can do his job well.

      The doctor I used is young, which may be part of it as she feels she has to be professional and curt. She might also dislike men ... hell, I don't know. lol I just know that I'm not going to be her practice dummy, as I don't have time to teach her, nor have the patience to deal with her ego at this time of my life. :)

      Many Thanks! :)

  2. Good, personable doctors are hard to find. So many just want to throw a handful of pills at you without really trying to figure out the problem. Good luck finding one.

    1. Welcome, Christine, my friend! Good to see you!

      I drive a half hour out of the city to get to a small town so that I can have personal service, instead of being treated like a number. Originally, I had a male doctor there (which did the prostate thing every visit), but when he went on vacation, I found the female one. She, of course, was one in a million, and I do miss her dearly. I can always go back to the first doctor, and probably will, but I was going to be a nice guy and give the new doctor a chance to build her business. The one thing she didn't demonstrate, and I demand as a patient, is of feeling of caring. To her, I was just a number. If I wanted that, I'd have stayed in Lexington. She blew her chance with me, and after I tell my old doctor about her at my next visit, may have blown her chance at the group. They usually don't stand for that type of service there. At least, not until now, that is. Hopefully, Miss Steel Bedpan will either learn that quickly, or be gone soon.

      Many Thanks!

  3. Gotta love Zoe. How sweet. The French Faux Pas was horrific. Embarrassing. But thanks for the IRS tip. I leave that to my accountant.

    1. Hello, Val! Thanks for dropping by!

      Zoe is fantastic, of that, there is no doubt! I was shocked when I opened the box and viewed all she had sent. I hope to do her a favor one day as she truly deserves so much more than I can offer.

      Our attitude, as a government, is completely disgusting at times. We ignore the world unless there's money to be made by not ignoring it. We allow ourselves to insult countries, and then act as though we'd never said anything at all. We consider ourselves too grandiose to send medical professionals to stop an illness until long after all the European countries send assistance. We're really too damn big for our own britches and need to be taken down a notch or two.

      The IRS info came from the web, so be careful, it might just be a trap! lol

      Many Thanks!

  4. Not sure why you're thankful for the embarrassment of our government not sending a high level official to France, but I do agree it was a big mistake. The one other thing here I wholeheartedly agree with is that Keith Richards is totally awesome, and yes, Bieber is a wannabe. Thanks for bringing some offbeat news to the party.

    1. Jen, Welcome!

      Okay, let me help you understand my sarcasm concerning our government. lol I have a major distaste in my mouth for politicians that lie to the America. Unfortunately, that's all of them these days.

      As all presidents are nominated by their party, they are all generally the same. Why? Because to be different would disqualify them for nomination. They have to fit the mold that the party holds, as well as agree to follow the party manifest. This means that we will never have a truly different president that holds the public's well being in mind, as big business rules the parties via the contributions they make. Thus, the common man is not represented in Washington, only "Have's" and the "Have nots", as our last president, Bush, made claim to at a political dinner.

      Since the downfall of the U.S.S.R., the United States government has acted like the big bully on the block, as there is not another country advanced enough to challenge them. They would like to have the public believe they're acting for them, but instead, are acting only in the interest of Big Business. Even Obamacare had tax breaks in it for businesses, and tax increases in it for the common man (i.e. Estate tax of 0% now increased to 55%). In addition, all health care insurance rates have increased dramatically due to the national health care bill. This assists corporate insurance companies in the profits.

      So, greed is the driving factor behind our government. Greed for oil got us into Iraq, an oil pipeline into Afghanistan, and for more political contributions brought forth cash to big businesses. Remember, Halliburton put paid employees in kitchens, radio rooms, and interrogation proceedings ... all of which the military had previously filled for less than 1/10th the cost.

      We portray ourselves as the world's policeman. Yet, the people in Africa are still slaughtered or sold as slaves. Why don't we go there to help? Easy, there's no oil or anything to would reap a profit. Sounds more like a gun for hire than a policeman, doesn't it?

      So, why am I thankful for the embarrassment we endured? Easy! The government's ego got so damn big that they forgot the whole world is watching.

      Less than a decade ago, Americans were insulting the French and even changing the name "French Fries" to "Freedom Fries". Why? Because France couldn't see that it was right to attack a country in retaliation for 9/11, that had nothing to do with 9/11.

      So, now the French survive a terrorist strike, bring the world together in a march against terrorism, and suddenly, the U.S. sees their value! Too late! The government was exposed for being the greedy bully they are!

      So, I'm thankful it happened. The more that is exposed, the more the common man has a chance of regaining control of the country that was supposed to be theirs, governed for them, and provides them a true chance for a better life. Otherwise, the government machine goes on, with the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and the middle class becoming extinct.

      Now, aren't you sorry you asked. lol

      Please don't take that as a rant. It wasn't meant to be at all. I tend to go a little further than most when asked for an explanation. :)

      Speaking of Beaver, oops, Bieber, have you seen his new underwear ad? My suspicions are that most guys don't like him, so they won't be buying the product. We may see a new model for the brand very shortly! lol

      Many Thanks!

  5. Well first off... The fingers... yeah... I use talk to text a whole lot. For some reason the moaning and groaning really does help. its therapeutic. However I would say the cause of the injury was worth it. For you, since I do not like fruit cake but I love that Zoe sent it to you.

    I never get tired of the beaver being put down.

    I really can't imagine cuddling up to a gator. Reptiles are just not my thing. HOWEVER, the only thing I had issue with was the very unnatural diet they were feeding the gator. I feel that was very irresponsible. If you have a pet , feed it what it naturally eats. Now that being said I don't give my cats rats to eat. But they do love them some chicken gizzards.

    1. Hello, Erin! Great to see you!

      After thinking about it for days, I finally figured out I must be becoming a real weuss. I think I actually pulled a muscle in my hand pulling on a frozen truck door handle to open it the other morning. Strange it should last so long though. lol

      Zoe is a dear to send it too me. I never expected anyone to actually go to the trouble that she did. As a writer and a person, it really makes me feel good inside to know that my writing has actually brought me much closer to people. It's an amazing feeling.

      I have to give the beaver a break every now and then so I don't wear him out. Still, some things you just can't ignore. lol

      Reptiles are different creatures. They're dangerous as they have no love in their bodies, only instincts. That's part of the attraction ... the danger. Working with venomous snakes, the adrenalin rush was very difficult to control at times. Still, one had to remember they were deadly (as a Cape Cobra nearly ended me in South Africa in 1977). The colors and patterns they provide are mesmerizing, though. Alas, I had to stop when I had my heart attack and went on blood thinner. I'd lost so much of my heart in that event that I was told any major trauma, like another bite, would be too much for it to survive. I still miss them. However, I'll agree with you about the gator's diet. My cats are sitting here, reading this as I type, shaking in fear, but thankful the gator is no longer a threat. lol

      Many Thanks!



    MODERATION PLEASE! I dont want the burden of removing cynicism from the free world!

    1. Zoe, oh Zoe! You comments weren't coming through today! Please resend them, my friend! And, again, very publicly, thank you so much for your efforts and the delicious fruitcakes. You're a true dream come true!

      Many Thanks!

  7. I'm SO glad that I don't have a prostate gland.

    ZOE YOU ABSOLUTE GEM OF A HUMAN BEING! Good grief I knew there were a million and one reasons I think you're wonderful and now there's ANOTHER!

    What a GAL! *grinning*

    And Rich, I never know what you're talking about with things like football, but Keith Richards is funny (if a little rude) and I like that tax audits are less.

    And the things about exotics I would mind less if the corporate captives were better regulated.

    BOOK!??! Which book?!?! (and thanks for sharing #1000Speak)

    1. Hey Sis! Good to see you! (Don't let mom know we're up this late, okay?)

      You have a right to feel lucky, and I have a right to feel unlucky. lol But then again, Zoe made me feel so lucky this week that I can forget about the other for a while. She's fantasic, and to think, I never would have made her acquaintance had I not joined in the TTOT!

      I love Keith, as I feel he and I can say just about anything and get away with it. He may be a little more blunt, but we're of the same mold in the arena of sarcasm. lol

      Exotics ... well, it just irritates me that big business gets away with so much. If I were in charge, there would be a different story going on, that's for sure.

      Book? You mean you missed my announcement last week at the end of my blog? How did you ever miss it? Big picture of the cover and such ... hmmm, when was the last time you had the prescription to your glasses checked out? lol

      Many Thanks!

  8. Zoe is awesome. Fruitcake is awesome. Fruitcake from Zoe? Well, awesome.
    Good for Papa John's. And I kinda like the idea of the Pope telling people to grow a brain. Granted, many don't, but good for him. I like the guy.
    My Mom has a thing about young doctors. Maybe she has a hard time trusting people younger than some of her children with her health. I don't know. Have to admit that a bit of age and experience goes a long way. Me, I shoot for someone about my age group because I figure they will be around with me as long as I need them pretty much. It is tough when one you know and trust moves on, though. Good luck in the search.
    Have a great week!

    1. Lisa, thanks so much for stopping in today!

      I couldn't agree more about Zoe and her fruitcake! Both are double awesome, to say the least. Besides that, she's just an amazing person all around, there is no doubt.

      Papa John's is one of the few companies supporting their employees these days. Others cast them aside to avoid any type of legal action, which is definitely the cowardly way, especially when the employees have only been protecting themselves.

      I was born Catholic, but was changed somewhere along the way. Still, this Pope seems to be a Pope for the People instead of a Pope for the stuck up. Will be interesting to see how the Vatican handles the waves he makes. lol

      I have nothing against the age of a doctor, as I figure they've been through residency and other areas of training that prepare them. However, there are people in this world that would be better off doing research where they don't have to come into contact with people on a personal level. I'm afraid my recent experience provided me with one of those. I wanted to be a good guy and give her a chance, but she blew it. So, next time, I'll go back to the doctor in the group I had prior to her, and just grit my teeth, I'm afraid. :)

      Hope your week is wonderful! Many Thanks!

  9. Happy fruitcake! I felt sad when our moody country got mean about France a few years ago-stupid Freedom Toast and Freedom Fries and Freedom Onion Soup. Each time I heard some one say it I wanted to slap them with a big stale Freedom Bread. The slight of SOME representative in France simply added to the embarrassment. I did see that an apology of sorts was made, but of course mainstream media didn't report that.

    The Pope. A friend posted an article of what he said. His response was FthePope. I like your response much better. Freedom of Speech does not mean freedom from consequences. AND YES to the common sense. For the record: I do not think the attacks in France were justified. If we can't laugh at our own absurdities, then there is no purpose in life.

    Doctors.. Keith Richards and all the rest, I just want to give a big warm hug to them all.

    1. Rebecca - Happy Fruitcake to you! lol

      The temper of the nation a few years ago was ridiculous, but it was fueled by the politicians in office at the time. In order for them to validate invading Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack, the politicians had to stir things up. In doing so, they pushed hard for national unity, almost to the point of a true fervor. It made is so much easier for them to get the oil they so desired to make millions from in the form of special interest group campaign contributions and slush funds. Of course, since France saw thru this charade and refused to join in, the politicians decided to make them the enemy, too. It so proved that our populace is so stupid that they cannot think for themselves, but rather, flock like sheep to the slaughter. So sad.

      I don't understand your friend's attitude or post. Then again, since common sense isn't common, it could be expected. Most have not been taught the standards of proper manners, nor when to tolerate others. Our society is an "I" society where only the "I" matters to most. It is greedy, selfish, and lacks any class whatsoever. Sounds like your friend is just one of those ignorant few that cannot see the truth in common sense. Again, it's sad, but solidifies my point.

      No, the attacks weren't justified by any means. Killing in the name of religion, or any other reason is wrong. Still, it happens daily the world over as the value of human life is cast aside for the desire of the one. Extremists have a warped way of looking at the world, and a warped way of taking care of its problems. Only as a last resort is violence required, but too many are using it as a first choice. It makes no sense, but, at the risk of being redundant, sadly, there is little of that in our world.

      Many Thanks!

  10. How nice of Zoe! (And Papa John's, too, for that matter.)

    I remember years ago on late night TV seeing a very annoying commercial that shouted, "ATTENTION! ATTENTION!" and then went on to say how the IRS was hiring (no experience necessary) individuals to answer tax questions from the public. I mentally vowed then to never trust any tax questions to the IRS call line.

    1. Hey, Kristi! Sorry I missed you!

      I would feel exactly the same way as you, believe me. To think that the folks telling us how to fill out our forms were nothing more than 7/11 refugees is scary. I think I had one of them once. lol

      My only experience with the IRS was a few years ago. My wife's job constantly under draws, which means we constantly have to pay. So, I took out a loan with them, and they charged me the $150 fee. Well, that was the year everyone got back an added $600 after the fact. We received notice that we wouldn't be receiving that money as it went to the loan. Thing was, it more than paid off the loan. I argued with a Mr. Blackston for an hour over that. The loan was a contract, payments were set, and the up front fee had been charged. We should have been allowed to continue to pay the loan in the manner contracted. The SOB wouldn't give in, saying the IRS could collect any money they wanted, whenever and however they wanted. To this day, I don't believe that was right. I even reported him, but that and four bucks might buy you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

      Not my favorite people, to say the least.

      Many Thanks!